Elephant Butte Reservoir

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Elephant Butte Dam and Reservoir, features of the Rio Grande Project, are on the Rio Grande, 125 miles north of El Paso, Texas. Recreation at Elephant Butte Reservoir is managed by the New Mexico State Parks under agreement with the Bureau of Reclamation. The park headquarters can be reached at 505-744-5421. Park open year-round. Elephant Butte Dam, constructed between 1911 and 1916, was a major engineering feat in its day. The enormous concrete dam is the major feature of the Elephant Butte National Register Historic District. New Mexico State Parks operates a visitor center that contains information on the construction of the dam. Best fishing is late April through August. Entry fees charged. Good access roads. Nearest full-service community is Truth or Consequences, 7 miles south. The smaller town of Elephant Butte is located adjacent to the State Park. Elephant Butte Reservoir is the largest reservoir and the largest state park in New Mexico. The 36,000-acre reservoir created in 1916 across the Rio Grande, is 40 miles long with more than 200 miles of shoreline. Fishing opportunities available for stripped bass, white bass, crappie, largemouth bass, walleye, and catfish. Over 200 camping and picnicking sites. There are 3 developed camps on the lake, concession-operated marinas, and stores.
Contact: Bureau of Reclamation (recreation.gov)
Posted by: Jeff Barber on December 15, 2005
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